15 easy Halloween crafts the whole family can enjoy

These easy Halloween crafts can be made at the very last minute. Perfect for if you're cut for time.

halloween craft ideas: bats made from toilet role tube on an orange background
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Halloween always comes round scarily-quickly every year if you're scrambling for last minute easy Halloween crafts to do – we've got you.

As with all seasonal switch-ups, Halloween is the perfect excuse to re-embellish your interiors and let your creative juices flow with some crafty activities. 

Whether you're looking for crafts that'll keep the kids entertained, or want to branch out into more subtle seasonal decor compared to the usual extravagant (but fabulous) Halloween decorating ideas, these fab designs are utterly 'boo-tiful'.

From fun, loo roll bats to autumnal leaf ghosts and delicate embroidery, these activities are perfect for fun-filled Halloween weekend where the weather's not always onside.

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'From mini harvest vegetables to all things pumpkin spice, cozy cabin blankets and golden gourds, as the weather turns chilly it's the perfect time for snuggling up with autumn crafts!' says Edward Griffith, CEO and founder, LoveCrafts (opens in new tab).

'Whether you're looking for crafts for kids or decorating your home with seasonal fall DIY decor, we present the perfect makes to hunker down with.'

1. Paint faux pumpkins

A painted pumpkin idea by Hobbycraft

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Forego the traditional carved pumpkin this year and try recreating some pumpkin painting ideas instead. If you don't want to paint a gourd, pick up some faux pumpkins from a DIY store like UK Hobbycraft (opens in new tab) and grab a brush! Choose a variety of shapes and sizes to craft a cozy corner in your home.

2. Crochet a patch of pumpkins

A set of crochet pumpkins by Hobbycraft in orange, cream, mustard yellow and Houndstooth pattern

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If you don't fancy dabbling about in pumpkin carving (we get it – it's messy), take your hand to knitting a nice set of gourds that won't rot after few days. Not just for the spooky season, pumpkins are the ultimate symbol of fall, so pick a pattern or find a step-by-step video tutorial on YouTube (opens in new tab) to create these yarn-based, easy Halloween crafts.

Just because your generic Jack-o'-lantern is orange, doesn't mean that your stylish stitches have to be this color too. Go crazy with rainbow-colored pumpkins, knit a Scandi-inspired trio of brown, cream and white arrangements or pick a classic pattern like Houndstooth.

3. Quick knit black cat garland

Crochet black cat garland with black and lime green wool

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Get ready for Halloween with this spooky but super cute black cat garland. This is a quick and easy Halloween craft and you can make as many many 'faces' as you need to make a long or short garland – perfect as a fall mantel decor idea.

If you don't want to make a garland these cats can easily be used as hanging decorations, Halloween gift toppers, or even coffee table coasters! These are particularly 'purrfect' if you don't like giving trick-or-treaters candy, as they also make for a great, non-edible keepsake.

4. Go for grinning lanterns

A set of lanterns decorated as Pumpkins for Halloween

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Create a kid-friendly scene for Halloween with these grinning pumpkin lanterns. They'd look as a Halloween window decor inside the home or out on the doorstep ready to greet trick-or-treaters and guests. But you don't just have to stick to pumpkins. You could try making spooky mummies with old bandages, strips of muslin or crepe paper and some googly eyes.

If you are using real candles, remember to never leave a naked flame unattended. Instead why not use battery operated LED tealights which look just like the real thing without the fire hazard?

5. Put together some pebble spiders

Pebble spiders with googly eyes and black pipe cleaners

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These adorable pebble spiders are easy to make! They are perfect Halloween crafts for pre-schoolers and won't cost you much to make.

It's the perfect opportunity to use that collection of pebbles from the beach, or if you haven't got pebbles, paper mache balls or cardboard toilet tubes will work great too! Alternatively, if you live next to the forest – conkers may be easier to find, and work just as well.

6. Crayon wax pumpkins

A white pumpkin decorated with colored melted crayon wax

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This artsy, colorful pumpkin can be made using just some crayons and a hairdryer. However, if these are on the list of Halloween crafts for pre-schoolers, adult supervision will be needed as melted wax can be very hot!

To start, unwrap an assortment of crayons and break them into small pieces. Then, place the crayon pieces around the stem. Next, melt the crayons with a hairdryer on low heat. As the crayons melt, move the pumpkin around to direct the drips as desired. Repeat this process as needed until your pumpkin looks how you want. Then allow it to dry completely before putting it on display. 

7. Create a cool cement-look pumpkin

A mantel display of two hypertufa pumpkins with rose gold and yellow gold painted bottoms

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If you're after a more industrial chic look, make hypertufa pumpkins by using a 1:1:1 mix of Portland cement, moss an perlite to create a lightweight cement. Hypertufa pumpkins look beautiful and, once created, you can use these decorations year after year.

After the pumpkin cures, use painter's tape to mask off the top portion of the pumpkin and spray the bottom with metallic spray paint. For a one-stop shop for all of your materials, we'd suggest somewhere like Lowe's. (opens in new tab)

8. Use leftover chalkboard paint

A pumpkin painted with two coats of black chalk paint alongside egg-shaped pastel chalks in a playroom setting

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Slogans are a fun and sassy way to embrace the spooky season and liven up your decor. Just as upcycling can bring a shabby piece of furniture back to life, leftover chalk paint can equally create some black (and white) magic.

Have fun changing out the messaging for the harvest season by using it as a countdown or personalizing it with your house number. To stretch out the life of your pumpkin, try keeping your design to the middle of your gourd only.

'On your largest pumpkins, paint silly holiday-related puns, jokes or even riddles.' says Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design, The Home Depot (opens in new tab).

Alternatively, this Halloween craft for preschoolers can keep your little pumpkins entertained for ages in their playroom. Katie-Rose (aka @our_life_our_play (opens in new tab)), a mom, and early years teacher painted a gourd black and purchased some pastel chalks. 

She says: 'I used my chalkboard paint to do two coats over this giant pumpkin. I was really pleased with how it came out and the pumpkin survived Joseph's very heavy handed mark making. He had great fun making lines and going around the curves of the pumpkin,'

'I bought the egg-shaped chalks a while ago from Cosy Direct (opens in new tab) and the blackboard cubes were from Little Acorns (opens in new tab) last year.'

9. Craft a creepy Q-tip skeleton

kids craft of making a skeleton out of ear buds on a black piece of paper

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If you've had a last minute panic that you haven't planned any Halloween activities for kids planned this weekend, this idea by @tnt.mumma (opens in new tab) is THE perfect craft for you.  All you need is some black and white paper, glue and cotton buds. Let your kids get creative with their skeleton's position, or ask them to copy a picture for extra educational bonus points too. 

10. Find some me time with a spooky embroidery 

halloween embroidery with a bat, pumpkins and the moon on a grey background

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Halloween craft isn't just for kids. Cozy up, hunker down and get into the Halloween spirit this weekend by embroidering a spooky (and cute) design like this. Whether it's destined for your walls, a cushion or even a t-shirt, let your creative juices flow and enjoy some quiet me time too. This lovely design is available on Etsy (opens in new tab) now. 

11. Turn leaves into ghoulish ghosts

autumn leaves painted white with faces that look like ghosts and a wooden witch's dolls house

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How clever is this? As you're stomping through the autumn leaves, pick some of the best ones up and take them home for a scary makeover.

A simple coat of white paint and a black marker pen makes for a fun, autumnal ghostly scene that costs next to nothing. This little set up by @raisingrodmans (opens in new tab) is so simple yet effective – especially if you're scratching your head wondering how to decorate for fall on a budget.

12. Transform fairy lights into a ghost garland 

halloween garland fairy lights that look like ghosts

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Looking for an Halloween craft idea that's speedy and stylish? This ghost garland by @devanandjanelle (opens in new tab) is so simple to make. Simply cut wholes in the bottom of plastic cups, glue on black faces, and attach to LED fairy lights. We're loving how they sit back perfectly in this monochrome scheme, plus they'll only get more creepy after dark.

13. Get crafty with toilet roll for some comical bats

handmade black bats made from a toilet role tube on an orange background

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How cute are these? A perfect afternoon Halloween activity that the kids will definitely love. Simply cut a loo roll in half and wrap black paper around it. Cut out the shape of your wings, ears and eyes. Create slits at the side of the body to slot your wings into, and glue on the face. For a full, annotated step by step guide, head to @wizard_within_books (opens in new tab) now.

14. Make your pumpkins out of clay

Painted clay pumpkins for Halloween

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For an even more creative pumpkin craft, why not make yourself some cute pumpkins out of clay? These glossy gourds were made using Sculpd Halloween Pottery Kit (opens in new tab), 'In our Sculpd Halloween pottery bundles we have included four premium coloured acrylic paints.' DIY your pumpkins in four easy steps:

1. Make it: The Instagram Reel (opens in new tab) will give you a good idea of the process.

2. Let it dry: 'The first step after making your pumpkin is letting it dry. This is a crucial step before painting it. We recommend priming it with a white base coast before applying the coloured paints.' Share Sculpd.

3. Add a base coat: Paint it with a white base coat.

4. Decorate as you wish: Paint it with the yellow, orange, brown and black in the paint set. 'In the Halloween Kit, we have a custom guide that shows you all these steps to create contrasting segments and speckled designs. You can of course keep your pumpkin plain and paint it with one colour though!' Add Sculpd.

15. Paint a papier-mâché pumpkin

An orange papier machine pumpkin design

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If you’ve not got time to carve a real pumpkin this Halloween, why not get the whole family involved with decoupaging a papier mache one instead?

Decoupaging is super easy to do and you can let your imagination run riot with how you want to personalise your pumpkin.

Use patterned decorative paper (or newspaper), glitter glue, gem embellishments or stickers to make your pumpkin stand out. Alternatively, use different colored strips of tissue paper for a cool and technicolor striped design.

As this easy Halloween craft doesn't involve sawing into a squash, you won't even have to worry about keeping a pumpkin from rotting.

'Cottagecore has been one of the hottest trends this year, so there’s no surprise that this nostalgia-inspired aesthetic is stretching into Halloween, with items like knit pumpkins, foraged branches, and rustic garlands giving the spooky season a homespun feel,' says Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert, Etsy (opens in new tab).

'Looking to broader palettes, shoppers are tapping earthy pastels and primary hues for unexpected pops of colour that give the classic Halloween shades a bold, modern look. Metallics, glitter and holographic elements also add a touch of magic to the holiday, and there has been an increase in searches of pinks and pastels too.' 

While Fishburne has some hauntingly-good ideas for Halloween outdoor décor. She says:

'While “fall” is certainly a theme in and of itself, it can be fun to choose something more specific for your porch – like “pumpkin patch” or “apple orchard” or “hayride” – and select items that reflect this specific theme.'

What are the benefits of crafting for Halloween?

'We really believe crafting makes the world a better place to be,' says Griffith.

'Science has proven the positive impact crafting has on both our physical and mental wellbeing, and there are hidden benefits too! Being part of a global community and making new friends through a shared passion.'

'Altruistic opportunities, using your craft for good by knitting or crochet for charity. And of course, there’s the joy of keeping age-old traditions alive, passing skills down through the generations.'

Amelia Smith
Amelia Smith

After joining Real Homes as content producer in 2016, Amelia has taken on several different roles and is now content editor. She specializes in style and decorating features and loves nothing more than finding the most beautiful new furniture, fabrics and accessories and sharing them with our readers. As a newbie London renter, Amelia’s loving exploring the big city and mooching around vintage markets to kit out her new home.